Popovic rues 'poor' officiating

Western Sydney manager Tony Popovic has labelled the officiating in his team's 1-0 win over Perth on Sunday as 'poor'.

Western Sydney manager Tony Popovic has labelled the officiating in his team's 1-0 win over Perth on Sunday as 'poor'.

A 10-man Western Sydney outfit were able to hold off relentless Perth attacks for nearly an hour after Youssuf Hersi was sent off for lashing out at Scott Jamieson in response to a hard challenge.

However, while Popovic said he did not have an issue with the send off, he believed other decisions across the afternoon by referee Kris Griffiths-Jones were unsatisfactory.

"Look I haven't seen it clearly, if there was retaliation then it's a send off," Popovic said of Hersi's red card.

"I thought overall the officiating was very poor.

"Take that incident aside, but in the end it shouldn't be about them it should be about a fantastic performance from Western Sydney."

"I just though overall (Griffiths-Jones) had a poor game, very poor game and it would have been (an) injustice if we didn't get the points in the end due to some poor decisions."

Perth had 13 shots on goal to Western Sydney's one in the second half, but their defence held strong despite the pressure and Popovic was full of praise for his side.

"Full credit to the players, they stuck in there, they kept their discipline," Popovic said.

"At times it was testing, tough conditions against a team that really came out hard in the second half and put us under a lot of pressure and we held firm.

"Every performance we've had so far this year has been a good performance.

"We haven't got the results we've deserved, this was a great performance not so much in terms of our great football, but this was more about character."

The Wanderers now move up the table into fifth place behind Perth Glory on goal difference, but Popovic said he was more concerned with the brand of football his team played.

"We haven't really looked at the table too much so far. I think give it another six or seven games and then the table might show a pattern of how teams are progressing," he said.

"For us it's more about the progression, we've kept progressing week by week and I think in that first 20 minutes we played some very good football against a very good team.

"We dominated possession, created opportunities and for us that's an indication of how we've gone."